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Frank Stoltze is an award-winning correspondent who currently covers criminal justice and public safety issues for KPCC.

Frank reports on racial bias, community policing, gangs, the use of force, technology, and generally what works and what doesn’t at law enforcement agencies in the region.

Over more than two decades in Southern California, Frank has covered L.A. City Hall, national political conventions and all manner of breaking news – from the Rodney King riots to wildfires, earthquakes and the death of Michael Jackson. His awards include Golden Mikes for coverage of Skid Row and a documentary on the historic recall of California Governor Gray Davis.

Frank was named a Distinguished Journalist by the L.A. Society of Professional Journalists and was twice awarded Radio Journalist of the Year by the L.A. Press Club. He was a Guggenheim Fellow at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice Center on Media, Crime and Justice and USC’s Annenberg Institute for Justice and Journalism.

After graduating from Southern Methodist University, Frank first reported for radio in San Luis Obispo, covering the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant. He is a contributor to NPR, the BBC, The Takeaway and The California Report. Frank is based at KPCC’s downtown bureau, a stone's throw from Central Market tortas.

Stories by Frank Stoltze

Meg Whitman campaigns at Philippe's Restaurant

Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman stopped by Philippe's Restaurant in downtown Los Angeles Wednesday for what’s known in politics as some retail campaigning. It also provided a good photo opportunity of Whitman shaking hands with voters. Not all were enamored.

Whitman, Brown clash in feisty, freewheeling debate

Republican Meg Whitman and Democrat Jerry Brown Tuesday night faced off in their final face-to-face confrontation before voters decide who should be the next governor November 2. The exchange highlighted their political differences, and provided a forum for more nasty jabs that have often dominated the campaign.

LA County extends program to screen inmates' immigration status

Over the objections of immigrant rights activists, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Tuesday voted to extend a program where sheriff’s officials screen the immigration status of jail inmates.

Final Brown-Whitman debate takes place tonight

The final debate between the two major party candidates for governor is tonight. You can hear that debate this evening at 6:30 on 89.3 KPCC and at

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani visits Orange County

Big political names visit Orange County this week.

Whitman, Brown prep for final debate

California’s two major party candidates for governor face off in their third and final debate tomorrow night.

Whitman criticizes Brown over voicemail

Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman is criticizing a voicemail by her Democratic opponent Jerry Brown. In it, a Brown aide calls Whitman a 'whore' for allegedly promising to protect police pensions in exchange for a police union’s endorsement.

National Republicans spend more to oust Boxer

The national Republican Party is spending another $1 million in its campaign to oust U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer and elect Carly Fiorina.

Fiorina says Boxer trading earmarks for campaign donations

Republican Senate candidate Carly Fiorina claims Democratic U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer is exchanging earmarks for campaign cash.

LA Sheriff Baca touts increase in deportations

Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca said Wednesday that his department’s played a major role in the increase in deportations of undocumented immigrants from the United States.

Whitman's former housekeeper says she's no pawn

The former housekeeper of Meg Whitman said Tuesday she is not a pawn of Jerry Brown’s campaign as Whitman has charged. Republican Whitman and Democrat Brown are locked in a tight race for governor.

Cooley, Harris clash in race for California attorney general

Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley and San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris faced off in their one and only scheduled debate in their contest for California attorney general. They offered starkly different views on a variety of issues.

Vote by mail starts for the November general election

County registrars have begun sending ballots to voters who want to vote by mail in November.

LA County Sheriff's deputy shoots at man who points finger at him

The Los Angeles County Office of Independent Review is investigating an incident where a Sheriff’s deputy shot at a man who was pointing a finger towards him.

Questions persist on whether Whitman knew about undocumented housekeeper

Questions persist about whether Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman knowingly hired an undocumented Mexican immigrant as her housekeeper. The attorney representing Whitman’s accuser produced paperwork she said proved the former eBay chief executive knew. Whitman denies it, and says the whole affair is a smear campaign orchestrated by her Democratic opponent Jerry Brown in a very tight race for governor.